Beowulf: An Epic Hero
The Anglo-Saxon period was a time of great adventure, and has given us some exciting stories to pass on through generations. In the epic poem, “Beowulf”, Beowulf is the most heroic man in Anglo-Saxon times. He is a hero with many of the noble and honorable traits that have given him his sense of immortality, which has kept him alive in our minds throughout all of these years. Beowulf demonstrates these traits, such as courage, honesty, and strength in many of his epic battles and challenges he faces.
People will be able to read and get a better understanding of this hero, and of his undeniably noble traits that he has depicted in his adventures. Beowulf is strong; mentally, and physically. Though there might not always be a demon or monster to fight, he shows more strength than the other humans, such as when Beowulf shows his strength in the swimming competition with another warrior, where it reads, “Beowulf, Ecgtheow’s son, replied:? Well, friend Unferth, you have had your say? about Breca and me. But it was mostly beer? that was doing the talking. The truth is this:? when the going was heavy in those high waves,? I was the strongest swimmer of all. ”” Also, when Beowulf is wrestling Grendel, he causes more physical damage to his surroundings than anyone else is humanely able to do. Beowulf also demonstrates mental strength just by being able to stand up to Grendel.
Another example is when Grendel has been defeated but Grendel’s mother attacks the presumed safe mead hall, and kills many men, including Hrothgar’s best friend, yet he continues on to fight. Readers should be able to see the incredible strength that Beowulf demonstrates in all of these battles or challenges, even if they are simple ones, because either way, he still wins. One of the most honorable heroic traits is courage. Beowulf does a remarkable job at demonstrating this, and it does not go unnoticed. …………………